A number of people were injured in a multivehicle crash in Houston last Friday, and one child was killed. The cause of the accident is alleged to be a "distracted driver." The words sound innocent enough, but the reality is anything but.
If you drive a newer model vehicle, it may have an infotainment system installed by the manufacturer. These systems have dashboard-mounted screens that can distract drivers from the task at hand — piloting the vehicle safely through traffic to the destination.
Distracted driving is a big problem all across the United States. Because driver distraction is a primary cause of collisions, it's important to nip the problem in the bud when young people are learning to drive.
The impact of technology on society is undeniable, perhaps exemplified most by cellphones. Everyone has one that accompanies them wherever they go. While no one can argue that they aren't handy to have, depending on how they are used, they can be deadly.
Multitasking is so commonplace that people no longer think of it as a resume-worthy skill -- because everybody seems to be doing it all the time.
Distracted driving, especially in the form of texting while driving, has gained a lot of media attention here in Texas and elsewhere in recent years. There is ample justification for this. According to data compiled from 2014, 3,179 people across the country lost their lives in car crashes involving distracted drivers. Any activity that takes your attention off the road is considered a distraction, and you might not even realize that you are putting yourself and others at risk.
There is an ongoing debate among safety experts concerning the distraction posed by cell phones. Law makers across the country were quick to adopt laws banning texting and driving. Many question whether those laws go far enough. Some experts believe that any cell phone use, including hands-free calling, represents an unsafe level of distraction for drivers. The question of what cell phone use is acceptable when behind the wheel has a new answer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a set of guidelines for cell phone makers and software developers. The guidelines are voluntary, but the NHTSA will undoubtedly pressure companies into acknowledging the role of these products in distracted driving crashes.